The cost of NH 2020 funding |

The cost of NH 2020 funding

As the promoters of Natural Heritage 2020 tout its success, let’s see what we can learn from the Sierra Business Council (SBC) and Placer County’s NH 2020, known as the Placer Legacy. After the voters resoundingly voted down a tax to fund Placer Legacy type projects, the Placer County Board of Supervisors simply funded the Placer Legacy by taking money away from other county services. In 2001 alone, they diverted $2 million of general fund dollars and another $2.7 million from county grants and mitigation funds.

Nevada County’s Board of Supervisors, minus Sue Horne, and the SBC know they cannot continue to fund NH 2020 forever with outside money from their special interests. Either they will have to try to raise taxes, take money away from other county services, or both. Funding a new layer of government and the regulators to regulate the new regulations and restrictions imposed doesn’t come cheap.

William M. Morrison

Grass Valley

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